Michael Forrester has been practicing law since 1968. A Westchester County native, he moved to Newburgh in 1969 and in 1982 joined the predecessor of the law firm of Silver, Forrester & Lesser.
Mr. Forrester attended Syracuse University, studied in Florence, Italy, received his Bachelor Degree from New York University and his law degree from Fordham University. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Forrester has handled trials in Federal Courts in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey. In addition, he has argued cases before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State.
Over the course of his legal career, Michael Forrester has fought to ensure justice for personal injury victims and consumers in a wide variety of cases (including auto accidents, trip and fall, construction and dog bit injuries) and to hold negligent or reckless corporations, government agencies, and other wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause.
In the 1970’s he achieved fourteen consecutive acquittals, after trial, in the City Court of Newburgh, a record that still stands. He was former town attorney for the Town of Plattekill and past president of the Newburgh Bar Association. He has served on the board of the McQuade Foundation and the Newburgh Jewish Community Center.
Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D. 1968
New York University, New York, New York, B.A. 1963
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1962
Honors & Awards
American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure, 1967
Professional Associations and Memberships
New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1974 – Present
American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, 1970 – Present
New York State Bar Association, 1968 – Present
Newburgh Bar Association, President, 1988-1989
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